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Sports News | Jul 11, 2004

Yakubu Leaves Ajax for Vitesse

GNA

Black Stars defender, Yakubu Abubakari has ended his term with Dutch champions, Ajax Amsterdam with the club agreeing to release him out to another Dutch club.

Yakubu would now be joining another Ghanaian international, Matthew Amoah at Vitesse Arnhem.

Vitesse Arnhem are reported to have reached a deal with Ajax regarding a loan move for Abubakari Yakubu.

Yakubu had been tipped to move from the Amsterdam ArenA and his exit seemed to have been confirmed much earlier after he failed to report for training on the first day.

Ajax coach, Ronald Koeman is reported unfazed by Yakubu's absence, with the Ghanaian defender not part of his plans for the coming season.

Koeman, a former Ajax and Dutch defender is said to have sanctioned Yakubu's move to the Gelredome.

Though Yakubu is yet to agree personal terms with his new club, Vitesse have confirmed that a deal has been struck with Ajax.

According to Vitesse, they are just waiting to thrash out minor details with the 22-year-old player before announcing his signing. Vitesse land Yakubu Monday, 12 July 2004 -- Vitesse Arnhem have completed the loan capture of Ajax's Ghanaian midfielder Abubakari Yakubu.

Yakubu has a contract with Ajax which runs until the summer of 2006 but he has been told by coach Ronald Koeman that he does not figure in his plans.

Koeman has sanctioned a loan move to the Gelredome which could lead to a permanent transfer if the 22-year-old impresses in Arnhem.

"He has had too few chances at Ajax and we feel this move will aid his development," Koeman told the club's website.

Vitesse coach Edward Sturing is eager to breathe new life into his squad following a difficult campaign and there could well be other additions over the summer

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